April 5, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Sci-Files Trivia

I'm facing a looming deadline for a freelance assignment, so rather than steal time away from that more important project to dabble on this non-paying daily column, I'll simply post some of my recent trivia questions to give you something fun to do on Saturday night. If you are an NTN Network Trivia aficionado, these trivia questions are part of the "Sci-Files" Trivia game, which can be played nationwide every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Pacific (check the NTN site for locations and game times in other time zones.).

[Scroll to the bottom for answers. Let me know how many you get right!]

Question #1:
Which movie was based on Philip K. Dick's story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"?

Minority Report
Jacob's Ladder
Total Recall
Blade Runner

Question #2:
What psychic power does the eponymous girl of Stephen King's "Firestarter" possess?

Mind Control

Question #3:
All of the following are science fiction and fantasy artists/illustrators, EXCEPT:

Gardner Dozois
Frank Frazetta
Boris Vallejo
Rowena Morrill
Michael Whelan

Question #4:
Which movie did NOT feature a vehicle capable of time travel?

Time Cop
Back to the Future
Somewhere in Time
Time After Time

Question #5:
Novelist Janet Kagan's 1985 book "Uhura's Song" was spun off from what television series?

Space: 1999
Alien Nation
Max Headroom
Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek

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#1: Total Recall. The inspiration behind such hits as "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner," Dick's science fiction has been a rich literary source for Hollywood.

#2: Pyrokinesis. Drew Barrymore played the girl with the fiery temper in the movie adaptation.

#3: Gardner Dozois. Dozois is a longtime editor of a variety of science fiction publications.

#4: Somewhere in Time. In this syrupy cult favorite, Christopher Reeve used hypnosis to travel back in time.

#5: Star Trek. Lt. Uhura was the communications officer onboard the Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" series.


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